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Ascent of McGinnis Mountain on 2020-08-02

Climber: Scott McCutcheon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 2, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McGinnis Mountain
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:4199 ft / 1279 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started at 10:30 am at the West glacier trail head where the water had receded enough to access after the jokulhlaups event two days before. The weather was unsettled after a brief intense storm had traversed Mendenhall valley and Juneau the day before. The temperature was warm and the ceiling was broken and around 4000 feet. I proceeded up the west glacier trail to the rock ridge overlooking the Mendenhall glacier then turned NW to begin the less maintained but well used Mt. McGinnis trail up through the forest to the Mt. McGinnis summit. Snow patches were present but the trail was clear of snow and several runnning water streams were available for water on the ascent. Clouds briefly blocked the summit which narrows to a small soil covered point several yards wide.
I stayed briefly but descended back down to the first large flat region about 500 feet below the summit for lunch. The views were good to the NE and SE but fog shrouded the Western views. After Lunch I descended the trail route again and returned to West glacier trail head by 3:30PM.
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This a view across the Mendenhall galcier into the Suicide basin which is the origination of the Juneau jokulhlaup (2020-08-02). Photo by Scott McCutcheon.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy with some fog at summit.



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